Experts from the fields of publishing, digital writing and interactive TV will gather in Guernsey this weekend – September 15th and 16th – to discuss the rise of digital publishing and what it means for authors, readers and publishers.
The discussions, sponsored by Jersey Telecom and Launchpad Digital, are part of the second annual Guernsey Literary Festival, which this year includes more than 20 different speakers and over 50 separate events.
Industry experts debating the future of publishing include speakers from Random House, Channel 4, and the Bookseller.
Festival-goers will also get the chance to use the very latest generation of eBooks. Melissa Mitchell of Launchpad Digital and coordinator for the digital events at this year’s festival said:
“We’re giving the festival a strong digital flavour this year, with discussions, demonstrations and self-publishing workshops. The importance of download sales, the emergence of a new breed of interactive eBook apps, and even the future of the printed book will all make for hugely interesting areas of discussion in our digital events.”
Expert panels discussing the future of the book will include:
Dan Franklin – Digital Publisher at Random House Group, the UK’s largest publishing company; Hillary Perkins – Head of Cross Platform at Channel 4; Tim Wright –
BAFTA award winning writer, producer and director at XPT; Jeff Norton – Hollywood author, filmmaker, creative producer & Intellectual Property specialist; Michael Bhaskar
Independent Publisher Profile Books; Meriel Lenfestey – Founder & Partner of Flow Interactive, Europe’s largest Digital User Experience Agency; Sophie Rochester – Founder & Editor, The Literary Platform; Phillip Jones – Editor, The Bookseller.
Digital Events at Guernsey Literary Festival timetable:
‘Writer Workshop’ with Sophie Rochester and Laura Creyke
£10 per person / £5 concession
Friday 14th September
Digital Publishing : Future of Reading – Sophie Rochester
Barclays Hub in the Market Square
£6 per person / £4 concessions
Friday 14th September
The Future of Book Publishing – Expert Panel
Barclays Hub in Market Square
£6 per person / £4 concession
Saturday 15th September & Sunday 16th September
Elsewhere in the festival:
Leading authors and poets taking part in the four day festival include Michael Morpurgo, author of Warhorse, Marina Lewycka, bestselling author of A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian, Carol Ann Duffy, the poet laureate, Louis de Bernieres, author of Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, and Linton Kwesi Johnson, the world’s first reggae poet.
The festival takes place from 13 to 16 September 2012. For more information on all the events and tickets please visit www.arts.gg/index.php/guernsey-literary-festival/